Art + Illustration

ABC’s of Xhosa Names

South African artist, Thandiwe Tshabalala, came up with this lovely and interesting project featuring Xhosa names. She celebrates the traditional African (Xhosa) names in a series of beautiful .gif images. The images feature illustrations, several Xhosa names and their …

Owo Morney

The awesome Nigerian comedians/ animators, OurOwnArea, are back again with a funny funny skit Owo Morney. Take a minute to watch this and see how Lagos street thugs/ area boys handle their business lol. We can’t wait for OurOwnArea …

Moondust by Sara Golish

Canadian-based artist, Sara Golish, celebrates African beauty with her art series Moondust. The pieces are captivating head shots of Black women sporting a full range of natural hair styles – from braids and twists to afros low cuts. …

Kehinde Wiley’s Art

Kehinde Wiley’s art is a mix of real people in fantastical and colorful backgrounds. “Wiley’s larger than life figures disturb and interrupt tropes of portrait painting, often blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation and the critical …

African Diva Project

Jamaican born painter, Margaret Rose Vendreyes, bring us her African Diva Project. Here, she replicates the LP cover art of pioneer Black female soloists, but transposes African masks on their faces, in place of their makeup. I love …

Burning House: Hipsters on Fire

South African illustrator, Wessel Matthews, has such a distinct style that you can easily spot his postcard art on sight. He uses earthy and warm colors, with simplified stick figures, to send his messages across. This work, called Hipsters …

Olaf Hajek’s Strange Flowers

German artist, Olaf Hajek, gets his inspiration from Africans and African culture as his inspiration in his latest art exhibition titled Strange Flowers. He depicts emotions, African elders, and even fashion in these paintings, and juxtaposes flowers everywhere …

Sow’s Nouba Warriors

Ousmane Sow is a Senegalese physiotherapist turned sculptor who has become famous for his life-sized sculptures of the Nouba warriors of Sudan (who are known globally for their traditional wrestling) and several world political leaders such as Nelson Mandela. Sow …

Art Inspired by Madiba

By Sean Chris Strydom Even though Nelson Mandela is gone, his work and his life in general remain to inspire us. And artists play a pivotal role in making sure that Madiba remains in the forefront of our minds. He …

Sibande’s Sophie

South African artist, Mary Sibande, tells an engaging and inspiring story about dreaming and rising above your station. She uses her history (her mother and grandmother were both domestic servants in apartheid South Africa) and human sized sculptures fashioned …